According to the Southern Railway General Manager RK Kulshrestha, the region’s rail network has secured a whopping Rs.7,426 crore for the upcoming fiscal. The amount is a significant increase from Rs.3,728 crore last fiscal, and out the total Budget, allocation for Tamil Nadu has been increased to Rs.2,548 crore, 11% up from Rs.2,287 crore last budget. New projects such as the Shoranur-Eranakulum third line, improving passenger amenities, and redevelopment of stations have been provided funds in the Budget. Around Rs.1,518 crore has been sanctioned for the third line in the Shoranur-Ernakulum route and Rs.1,684 crore for passenger amenities in Nagapattinam, provision of footover bridges and high-level platforms in stations, and escalator provisions and redevelopment of stations. The completion of these projects, will be the much needed boost for development of South Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Dual electrification, stations such as Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, and Tuticorin will be developed. Train connecting Chennai and Kollam via Sengottai will be commissioned shortly and they will start departing from the newly developed Tambaram facility, he claimed.
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